Four major components are utilized by the physician to define the diagnosis of the patient: specific measurements of lung function, a detailed patient history, a physical examination, and allergy testing.
Spirometry and a peak flow meter are two devices to measure lung function. A spirometry is a computerized measurement of lung function performed in the office. Spirometry is often measured before and after receiving medication. The percentage of change in lung function is a factor in making the diagnosis of asthma. Peak flows are measured both in the office and in the home setting by the patient.
Allergy specialists and asthma specialists at all of our Valley-wide locations perform a detailed patient history and examination. Appropriate testing will be ordered and results reviewed with the patient and family. Nursing staff will review a detailed written treatment plan that outlines proper use of medication and devices, avoidance techniques, and follow-up care. The treatment plan will also be forwarded to your primary care doctor.
Make an appointment at any one of our Phoenix Valley locations to be seen by an asthma specialist or allergy specialist in Phoenix, AZ.